Investigators and Collaborators
Dan Poenaru MA, MHPE, MD, PhD
CommiSurLab Scientific Director, Pediatric Surgeon
I’m a pediatric surgeon who discovered recently that research is my true love and maybe even raison d’être… I am passionate about good communication in surgery, putting the child and the family in the center, and equity in surgical care globally.
And I believe that augmented intelligence and extended reality will revolutionize surgical care and education, and am committed to do all I can to see that happen!
Pramod Puligandla MSc, MD
Pediatric Surgeon, Associate Investigator (RI-MUHC)
My research focuses on health outcomes regarding surgically correctable anomalies, particularly those affecting newborns and infants (e.g., congenital diaphragmatic hernia [CDH] and gastroschisis [GS]). My major research directive seeks to determine relationships between prenatal risk factors, in-hospital treatments and the long-term disability experienced by these patients. As director of the CDH Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, I lead a multdisciplinary team that looks at the risks and complications in CDH infants. Specific areas of inquiry include long-term lung function, feeding and growth, as well as neurodevelopment.
My other major research directives include my involvement as co-director of the Canadian Pediatric Surgery Network (CAPSNet), a population-based warehouse of in-hospital outcomes for CDH and GS, as well as my involvement as a steering committee member of the Canadian Consortium for Pediatric Surgical Research (CanCORPS), a national research effort involving 15 pediatric institutions.
Maeve Trudeau MD, CM, MPH
Dr. Trudeau is passionate about working with underserved populations, in Canada and abroad. She has worked in Inukjuak, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, India, and the Middle East.
Her clinical interests include the surgical management of solid tumors and pediatric colorectal surgery and contribute to multiple missions within the Division and the Department.
Etienne St-Louis MDCM, PhD
I am passionate about leveraging research to improve access and quality of care for my patients. I hope to apply my experience in global surgery to study and address health care gaps that persist among remote and underserved communities here in Canada, particularly relating to access to safe and timely pediatric surgical and trauma care.
My clinical interests are varied, and include the surgical management of congenital malformations, chest wall anomalies, pediatric cancers, and a variety of acute surgical conditions including trauma. I have a special clinical interest in the surgical management of adolescent obesity. My aim is to conduct clinical and outcomes research in collaboration with partners in allied health disciplines to improve the lives of these vulnerable patients.
Robert Baird MSc, MDCM
I am a Clinical Professor of Pediatric Surgery at the University of British Columbia and a proud graduate and past faculty member of the Pediatric Surgery Team at McGill. I engage in systematic reviews of available evidence and perform high impact single or multi-institutional clinical trials concerning congenital or acquired surgical conditions in children, particularly as a steering committee member of the Canadian Consortium for Pediatric Surgical Research (CanCORPS). I have been involved in several standard-setting initiatives as chair of the Outcomes Committee of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA). Finally, I am an enthusiastic supporter of family-centered as well as worldwide equitable access to surgical care and education.
Esli Osmanlliu MSc, MD
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
My research program focuses on telemedicine innovation for pediatric acute care delivery. Through diverse family-partnered research, this program will contribute to the development of socially acceptable and accessible technological innovation for improved pediatric telemedicine.
With my research team, I will adapt and test novel digital technologies to improve the remote care of children with infectious symptoms. I am particularly interested in digital otoscopy and throat examination supported by artificial intelligence-based clinical decision support tools.
Ultimately, I envision that this work will help reduce ED visits for low-acuity conditions, improve family care experiences, and increase access to expert pediatric knowledge.
Elena Guadagno MLIS
I’m a Research Director working with the pediatric surgery team at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the CommiSur lab, National Coordinator for CanCORPS & CBAR as well as Program Manager for the Children’s Journey. Prior to this, I worked as a senior librarian at the MUHC medical library. My career started in managing and designing Library Software.
My main interests lie in supporting improvement in patient & family centered patient care both in research and as a patient partner, pediatric surgery including Pediatric Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS), artificial intelligence in communication, global health and more. Nationally supporting outstanding multicentre research efforts through the Canadian Consortium of Pediatric Surgery (CanCORPS) and the Canadian Biliary Atresia registry (CBAR).
Manoja Chandralingam BSc, RN
Clinical Research Coordinator, Nurse
I’m a Registered Nurse with a background in Obstetrics and Gynecology, specialized in fertility. Over the course of my practice, I’ve become passionate about improving the quality of care for patients, through patient and family centered research and education. As a result, I’ve worked as a Research Assistant on different projects. Currently, I’m the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Children’s Journey App study, which aims to help caregivers of young patients better navigate different health trajectories in the hospital and consequently decrease health service utilization.
Waseem Abu-Ashour PharmD, PhD(c)
Clinical Research Coordinator
I’m a pharmacist by training. I worked as a community and a hospital pharmacist for several years. In the last few years I’ve found a new passion in clinical and health outcomes research and I’m currently pursuing my PhD in health outcomes research. I worked in academia, biotech and research institutes in the past. My field of interests are health outcomes and therapy, digital health and incorporating AI into healthcare research. I’m glad to be working with the CommiSur lab family in cutting edge research.
Michael Hinks, BNRN
Clinical Research Coordinator, Nurse
I’m a Registered Nurse with over ten years of clinical experience. I’ve spent half of my career as a Travel Nurse. I’m currently working towards a Master of Science in Pharmacy. I’ve made a transition into research in the last 3 years, working in both biotech and health outcomes. My research focus lies mostly in qualitative research. I’m currently working as a Clinical Research Coordinator and I’m excited to be working with CommiSur lab to help shape the future of healthcare.
Gowree Tillousing Gobin ( Dip HE, BScN, M.Mgmt)
Clinical Research Coordinator
I am mental health nurse by training. I have spent almost twenty years working in the healthcare industry in three different countries. For the last two years I have worked for the Research Institute McGill University Health Centre as clinical research coordinator. I am a graduate of the International Masters for Health and leadership program from McGill University. My aim is to significantly contribute in enhancing the quality of care for patients and their families. I have a great interest in learning innovative methods to communicate effectively with vulnerable patients.